Dr Rachel Clive

  • Research Associate (Theatre, Film & Television Studies)


My undergraduate degree, from Cambridge University, was in English literature, which was followed by a PGCE (with Distinction) from Jordanhill College of Education in Glasgow. 

In 2008 I gained a Master of Arts in Social Contexts (with Distinction), from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. 

In 2021 I gained my PhD in Theatre Studies from the University of Glasgow. The PhD, which was interdisciplinary and theatre practice-based, worked through the disciplines of Theatre Studies, Disability Studies, Cultural Geography and Geomorphology. 

As a theatre practitioner, arts facilitator, curator, playwright and practice-based researcher I have worked for a number of arts organisations across Scotland and the rest of the UK, including the National Theatre of Scotland, National Youth Theatre, Tramway, the Citizens' Theatre, Lapidus Scotland, Playwrights' Studio Scotland, Glasgow Arts, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, the Scottish Neurodiverse Performance Network, Baldy Bane Theatre Company, the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

I have worked professionally in a wide variety of social contexts, including criminal justice, health and social care, education (primary, secondary, further, community and higher education as well as TiE - theatre in education), community, festival, interfaith, environmental, horticultural and heritage contexts. 

Website: https://www.rachelclive.com

Research interests

I am a theatre/arts practice-based researcher with an ongoing and active commitment to participatory action research, disability performance and transdisciplinary research in environmental and social contexts. 
My specific research interests include:
  • site responsive performance and creative place-making practices
  • applied theatre
  • dialogical performance practices
  • neurodivergent aesthetics, autistic autobiography and disabled-led performance practices
  • co-production of knowledge across traditional boundaries (eg art-science; city-university; rural-urban; human-more than human)


LKAS PhD studentship


I have supervised Masters students Independent Research Projects and Theatre Practice as Research Projects


I teach across levels in Theatre Studies. Teaching includes:


Theatre and Society (Level 1)

Single Honours Group Project

Applied Theatre (Honours)

Research Methods (Masters)

Independent Research Project (Masters)

Practice as Research Project (Masters)


Additional information


Recent Publications​


Clive, R, McIntyre, H., Hayton, E., Maxwell, C, Mackenzie, A. (2021) "not panicky” In Performance in a Pandemic (eds Bissell, L. & Weir, L.) Routledge, London and New York


Clive, R. (2021) “Panarchy 3: River of the Sea: Towards a learning- disabled led ecological performance practice” Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, Special Issue. https://www.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/journals/issue/6455

Clive, R (2021) Geodiversity and human difference: disability, landscape form and process. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow 


Clive, R., Jackson, N. & Nicholson, P. (2019), Report on Chancellor’s Fund The Green-Blue-Grey Campus/Rain Garden Project, University of Glasgow. https://go.exlibris.link/FX2wCpky 


Clive, R (2018) "Neurology Meets Geomorphology: Panarchy (2): Rivearthings, a Performance Project," The Polyphony  


Clive, R (2017-2021) Web-based Documentation of The Panarchy Projects The Panarchy Projects


Poetry published in Poetry Wales, British Poetry Review, Her Mind's Eye (PyrAmid Press) and various websites, blogs and anthologies.

​Academic Presentations and Performance Lectures

May 2022, For Freedom Space with Rivers: A Sharing of Artworks, a presentation with Kirsty Stansfield at the international Living Sustainably with Water: An Interdisciplinary Challenge Workshop at the University of Glasgow​


November 2021, Performing with Rivers: Geodiversity and Neurodiversity - a presentation delivered at Queer Rivers, Wet Lands, part of the COP 26 Dear Green Bothy programme of events, supported by the University of Glasgow and the Being Human festival (online)


June 2021, Investigating and nurturing human relationships with the natural world through dialogical performance processes - a presentation delivered at Natural World Research themes Arts Lab, AHRC (online)


May 2021, Researching with Rivers: Freedom Space and Flow - a presentation and sharing of art-work, with Euan Hayton and Cameron Browne. International Autism Research Festival, University of Leeds (online)


January 2020, A Panarchy Project with the River Forth: how creative public engagement work can contribute to thinking about adaptation, with Sam Ridley and Cameron Browne. Sniffer Scotland National Flood Risk Management Conference, University of Strathclyde

July 2019​, Panarchy: Risk, Resistance and Agency, International Conference on Educational, Cultural, and Disability Studies, Liverpool Hope University


June 2019, Panarchy: River Rings and River Risks, Scottish Centre for Geopoetics Expressing the Earth conference, Wiston Lodge, Biggar


April 2019, Panarchies 1-3, George Ewart Evans Storytelling and the Environment International Symposium, University of South Wales, Cardiff


March 2019, pAnarchy, Our Space, our Place: Creating Ecofeminism Symposium, Glasgow Women’s Library


Feb 2019, Rivers, Risk and Resistance: Towards a Panarchic Performance Practice, Human Geography Research Group Testing Ground seminar, University of Glasgow 


Jan 2019, Risk, Resistance and Agency: How can performance work open productive dialogue across disability and environmental discourses? Centre for Disability Research (Disability Studies: Developing Theory, Researching Policy and Practice seminar), University of Glasgow


September 2018, Panarchy 2: Rivearthings, Theatre and Performance Research conference (Bodies and Performance Working Group), University of Aberystwyth


August 2018, Panarchy 1: Riverings, Royal Geographical International Society conference (Postgraduate Snapshots), University of Cardiff


May 2018, Panarchy (1): Riverings - Materials, Meetings, Musings,  Performance, Ecology, Heritage Hub launch, University of Glasgow

Feb 2017, Survival Methods in a Post Truth World, TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research) symposium, University of Leeds 

Jan 2017, Negligence and Performances of Care, Glasgow New Scholars Theatre Research seminar, University of Glasgow